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Waukesha, Oak Creek working to put water deal back in motion

Nov. 09, 2012 1:02 p.m. | Waukesha - A proposed amendment to an agreement for Oak Creek to sell Lake Michigan water to the City of Waukesha will put the plan back on track after a one-month delay, Waukesha Water Utility General Manager Dan Duchniak said Friday.

The revision clarifies how Waukesha's future rate payments to Oak Creek will be determined, Duchniak said. The amendment is intended to reassure Oak Creek that it will be paid rates that reimburse it for full costs of the service.

The Oak Creek Water & Sewer Commission will review the proposal Tuesday.

Both the Oak Creek and Waukesha common councils are scheduled to adopt the amended agreement at separate meetings on Nov. 20. The Waukesha council discussed the amendment Thursday night in a closed-door session.

Rate payments unexpectedly became an obstacle to sealing the deal in early October when the Wisconsin Public Service Commission ruled Oak Creek could not bill Franklin for providing adequate volume and pressure for fighting fires as part of its wholesale charges to the community.

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Controlled DNR burn going on in Waukesha County's Vernon Marsh

April 24, 2015 2:48 p.m. | Smoke that can be seen for miles in Waukesha County is not flare ups from Thursday's large grass fire in Waukesha.

Acting city of Waukesha Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Hoffman said a controlled burn is going on in the Vernon Marsh located off Highway 83 and Frog Alley Road in Mukwonago.

The controlled burn, conducted by the state's Department of Natural Resources, is expected to be done later Friday afternoon. 

As a result, Hoffman advised people to not be alarmed if they see "very thick black smoke."  

Wife of former Waukesha detective pleads guilty to several offenses

April 24, 2015 10:48 a.m. | City of Waukesha — While her husband wades through his own legal trouble, Natasha Korns has been fighting a protracted battle in Waukesha County Circuit Court.

Korns on April 22 pleaded guilty to five total class A misdemeanor offenses — two counts of criminal damage to property, criminal trespass to dwelling, resisting or obstructing an officer and bail jumping — in two separate cases and will be sentenced for those crimes on June 4, according to online court records.

The maximum penalty for a class A misdemeanor in Wisconsin is a jail term of nine months and a $10,000 fine.

All the charges stem from two 2012 incidents in which Korns allegedly broke into two different houses — she was reportedly found on the roof of one of them — and was caught each time by the home owner. She was initially charged with burglary and attempted burglary of a building or dwelling, both felonies.

According to court documents, Korns pleaded guilty to the lesser offenses as part of a plea bargain negotiated between her defense team, the prosecution and the alleged victims in both cases, who are seeking more than $7,000 in restitution from Korns which she has agreed to pay.

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Expenses adding up as seized chinchillas remain at Waukesha animal shelter

April 24, 2015 10:15 a.m. | More than a month after 331 chinchillas were seized from a Waukesha home, the small rodent-like animals remain at the Waukesha Humane Animal Welfare Society.

But City Attorney Brian Running is hoping for a resolution with the owners so the chinchillas can be adopted to "good homes."

"The negotiations are continuing," said Running, who had hoped for a resolution by the end of last week.

Jennifer Smieja, HAWS' development coordinator, said as of Monday, April 27, the chinchillas are still in HAWS' possession, but she is hoping to hear something from the city soon.

Smieja said Running has asked for HAWS' input on the situation but explained the shelter isn't involved in the legal issues.

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Morgan Geyser's mental health status becomes focal point of case

April 24, 2015 9:58 a.m. | Where should a child with serious mental health conditions — but has committed a serious crime — be housed?

That is the latest question surrounding the case of 12-year-old Morgan Geyser, who is charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide in the near fatal stabbing of her former middle school classmate and friend last year.

Waukesha County Circuit Court Judge Michael Bohren has said county detention centers aren't meant for long-term placement.

But with Geyser locked up at the Washington County Juvenile Detention Center for the past four months, her attorney, Anthony Cotton, said his client hasn't been able to receive the care needed to treat her schizophrenia and that her condition and competency could likely regress if it continues to go untreated.

He said the detention center doesn't have medical professionals or the proper staff to treat Geyser's "extremely rare" condition.

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Update: Waukesha police investigating large grass fire along Fox River Parkway

April 23, 2015 5:54 p.m. | Acting Assistant Fire Chief Joseph Hoffman said police have opened an investigation into the large grass fire that broke out Thursday on the city's southwest side.

"We've turned the matter over to police," Hoffman said. 

Hoffman couldn't provide many details of the early investigation but said police are following up on reports that children may have been in the area at the time the fire started, indicating that juveniles "possibly started it."

Hoffman added that "ignition sources" were found near the area. 

The grass fire started just before 5 p.m. Thursday, April 23, in the area of Sunset Drive and the Fox River within the Fox River Parkway.

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Waukesha Police Report: April 23, 2015 issue

April 23, 2015 10:30 a.m. | 1 Eggs were thrown at a home at 1645 Hunter Road at 11:10 a.m. April 9.

2 A caller reported he thought his parked car may have been struck by another vehicle at an apartment at 1915 Kensington Drive at 5:36 p.m. April 9. However, the caller soon realized he was mistaken and believes an aquarium was actually dropped which is why he heard a loud noise.

3 An intoxicated man, approximately 40 years old, was found passed out inside the Transit Center near the men's bathroom at 212 E. St. Paul Ave. at 7:11 p.m. April 9.

4 A caller said a safe guard hired by the bank stole her television at 543 Elizabeth St. prior to 2:50 p.m. April 10. The home is going through foreclosure but still belongs to the caller.

5 A stereo and a GPS were stolen from an unlocked vehicle at 2038 Cliff-Alex Court South prior to 4:32 p.m. April 10.

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Paul Farrow will kick off tree planting program at Moor Downs Golf Course on Arbor Day

April 22, 2015 3:13 p.m. | Led by newly-elected Waukesha County Executive Paul Farrow, the county will celebrate Arbor Day on Friday by planting 10 trees at Moor Downs Golf Course in the city of Waukesha.

The tree planting will take place by the pond, adjacent to hole No. 7 on the course, 438 Prospect Ave.

According to a news release from Ginny Bocek, Waukesha County parks program specialist, said that as part of the centennial celebration of golf course, the county plans to plant 100 trees on the course through a 100 Tree Program.

Donations will be accepted at different levels, she said.

"Celebrating Arbor Day 2015 with a kickoff of a 100 Tree Program in honor of the centennial celebration of Moor Downs will leave a legacy for Waukesha County residents to enjoy for years to come," Farrow said. "Waukesha County continues to be a leader in environmental stewardship and sustainability in all aspects of property and facility development."

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Effects of expanded statewide voucher program sparks Waukesha School District's partnership with Montessori

April 22, 2015 11:10 a.m. | A partnership between the Waukesha School District and the Montessori School of Waukesha is expanding next year.

The Waukesha School Board unanimously approved a pilot program between the two entities that will allow the district to contract 30 district kindergarten students to attend Montessori, a private school in Waukesha, for the upcoming school year.

While the district already contracts with Montessori through 4-year-old kindergarten, Waukesha School District Superintendent Todd Gray said he has been thinking about expanding it to K5.

The idea was further explored, he said, after seeing the state's proposal on expanding the statewide voucher program and how it would potentially impact public school districts, including Waukesha, in a negative way.

"When I saw the latest voucher proposal I realized I better throw it out there," Gray said of the partnership. "If they stay in that program, we still get to count them and still get state aid. We'll do a little better than break even, but it's far better than the financial consequences of the current voucher budget proposal. That would hurt us badly."

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Alderman Andy Reiland selected as new Waukesha Common Council president

April 21, 2015 8:41 p.m. | The start of the new calendar year began tonight at Waukesha City Hall.

While there weren't any new elected officials sworn in, a new common council president was chosen.

Andy Reiland was unanimously selected to be the new face of the council for the next 12 months.

Reiland, who represents District 13 on the city's west side, has been on the council for four years. 

"I'm looking forward to the added role," Reiland said after the meeting. "I'm really honored my council members awarded me (this position)." 

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Man convicted of sexually assaulting children years ago released in Waukesha

April 21, 2015 4:33 p.m. | The Waukesha Police Department announced the release of a child sex offender in the community.

Fortunato Carrion Jr., a life registrant with the sex offender registry, will be living at an apartment at 1356 E. Moreland Blvd.

According to a news release, Carrion, now 74 years old, sexually assaulted a 9-year-old girl in 1992 and a 9-year-old boy in 1986.

In the 1992 incident, Carrion was convicted of first-degree sexual assault of a child younger than 13 years old.

In the 1986 incident, Carrion was convicted of contact/intercourse with a child. 

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Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly will give state of the city address

April 21, 2015 2:49 p.m. | Mayor Shawn Reilly will give a state of the city address at Tuesday's common council meeting.

Reilly is in his second year as the mayor of Waukesha. 

Reilly's address will come following the council's regularly-scheduled meeting at 6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 201 Delafield St.

The meeting will be televised on TV25 and a broadcast of the meeting will be live streamed through the city of Waukesha's website.

Brian Dorow joins Kapenga in District 33 state Senate race

April 20, 2015 12:40 p.m. | The field now includes two.

After earlier saying he was strongly considering a run for the District 33 state Senate seat, Brian Dorow made it official when he announced Monday at Waukesha City Hall that he will run for the position.

Dorow joins Rep. Chris Kapenga (R-Delafield) as two Republican candidates seeking to win the seat that will soon be vacated after Sen. Paul Farrow (R-Pewaukee) steps down to solely assume his duties as the newly elected Waukesha County executive.

Dorow, a workforce development professional, community leader and associate dean at Waukesha County Technical College (WCTC), made the announcement surrounded by family and his colleagues from the public safety community.

Dorow supervises more than 150 employees and oversees a multimillion dollar budget at WCTC.

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Waukesha County Museum redevelopment plan coming before city panel

April 20, 2015 9:50 a.m. | Proposed changes to the Waukesha County Museum property that includes a four-story apartment complex will come before a city body on Monday.

The city's Redevelopment Authority will review and provide input on the proposed mixed-use redevelopment at its meeting at 6 p.m. April 20 at City Hall. It's the first of multiple city panels that will review the project.

Alan Huelsman, of Berg Management Co., submitted plans to the city on April 10 for a 41-unit apartment complex at the downtown site.

As part of the plan, the developer, Historic Prairieville Limited Partners, would buy the museum's buildings at 101 W. Main St. from the Waukesha County Historical Society and Waukesha County Museum and help preserve the financially-stricken museum.

According to plans submitted to the city, the former 1885 jail on the property, once said to be up for demolition to make way for the apartment building, will now be incorporated into the apartment building. The plans indicate the apartment's main entrance and common area off Martin Street will be in the first floor of the old jail.

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Crush wine bar in downtown Waukesha will hold weekend full of events

April 17, 2015 1:30 p.m. | A wine bar that recently opened in downtown Waukesha will hold a weekend full of events as part of its grand opening.

Paul Kwiecien and Judy Rosynek, along with their spouses, opened Crush wine bar at 378 W. Main St., in March.

The grand opening weekend will be held from April 17-19, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, live entertainment, complimentary champagne toasts, giveaways and more.

The weekend begins with a ribbon cutting at 4 p.m. Friday, April 17, when State Sen. Paul Farrow, Waukesha Mayor Shawn Reilly and Waukesha County Board Chairman Paul Decker are expected to attend and speak on the importance of small business and community.

Rosynek said business has been strong so far, despite construction going on in front of the shop.

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'Suspicious' fire damages Waukesha home overnight

April 17, 2015 12:03 p.m. | The Waukesha police and fire departments are investigating an early morning house fire on Friday, April 17, that officials labeled "suspicious in nature."

Capt. Ron Oremus of the Waukesha Police Department said crews were called for a fire at 2:30 a.m. on the exterior back porch of a single-family residence at 917 Madison St.

Oremus said the resident was able to extinguish a majority of the fire with a garden hose as officers arrived. Fire department personnel extinguished the remaining fire when they arrived, Battalion Chief Mark Sweet said.

Oremus said the resident was unharmed in the incident. Sweet said multiple fire start attempts were found on two sides of the structure along with "criminal damage" to two vehicles parked in the driveway.

Damage to the residence is estimated at about $10,000. A damage estimate to the vehicles was not included.

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